- an implement with a hooked blade, used for pruning vines, branches, etc.
Origin of pruning hook
First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for pruning hook
And yet not so well as with a pruning-hook made for the purpose?The Republic
He lent me his pruning-hook, and showed me over his big barn.Aunt 'Liza's Hero and Other Stories
Annie Fellows Johnston
The spear is not to be broken and thrown away; it is to be converted into a pruning-hook.The Whole Armour of God
John Henry Jowett
The sword shall be beaten to a plowshare and the spear to a pruning-hook.The High Heart
And the stone-work round it, bearing no other marks of waste than my pruning-hook and dagger left behind?
- a tool with a curved steel blade terminating in a hook, used for pruning
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